BLU-RAY REVIEW

Dirty Dozen

Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

Picture3.5
Sound3
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
79205
(MPAA Rating):
Not Rated
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(Retail Price):
$28.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (HD-30)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
150
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
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(Theatrical Year):
1967
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
09/26/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Robert Aldrich
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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Based on a novel by E. M. Nathanson, The Dirty Dozen features a rugged all-star cast in an engrossing, pulse-pounding adventure. Twelve violent psychopaths committed in a military prison are offered a pardon in exchange for a suicide mission.

Special features include the 95-minute The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission movie; an introduction to the film by Ernest Borgnine; commentary by E.M. Nathanson, David J. Schow, and Captain Dale Dye with Jim Brown, Trini Lopez, Kenneth Hyman, Stuart Cooper, and Colin Maitland; the 31-minute Armed And Deadly making-of featurette; the nine-minute Operation Dirty Dozen and 47-minute The Filthy Thirteen: Real Stories From Behind The Lines featurettes; Lee Marvin's last project before his death; the 30-minute Marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills training film; and the theatrical trailer.

The VC-1-encoded 1.85:1 HD DVD picture looks dated, with slightly smeared details and a reddish color scheme. Source element artifacts are abound and minor edge enhancement can be noticed. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolbyģ Digital Plus 5.1-channel encoding is generally cleaned up well, although the noise floor is relatively high. The mix isn't very inspiring. (Danny Richelieu